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Weekend Challenge: Change-Up Split Hop

This move builds power and fires up your calorie burn<p><i>Join the</i> Women’s Health <i>Weekend Challenge to help you meet your fitness goals fast and make your weekend workouts count. Check out our Facebook page every weekend and challenge yourself to try a new exercise. Thousands of women already have. Join</i> …

4 Flat-Abs Secrets from Next Fitness Star Stacie Clark

<b>Give it a rest</b><br>Seven brutal workouts each week won't speed up your results. "Giving your body a chance to rest and recover is how change really happens," says Stacie, who recommends taking one or two days off a week. (If you're feeling antsy on those days, do a lighter workout, like taking a hike or …

Have Super Sex All Month Long

Your menstrual cycle can affect your libido in incredibly hot ways. Follow these tips for more pleasure every day of the month.<p>You might hate your hormones for causing mood swings, cramps, and sporadic breakouts. But there’s a new reason to give them a break: Scientists are discovering that your …

Sex Positions Everyone Should Try in Their Lifetime

36 Sex Positions Everyone Should Try in Their Lifetime<p>…Or next week.<p>Is your sex life screaming for an upgrade? Yeah, we hear you. Getting freaky has a way of getting stale the more time you log with your partner. The good news: It's easy to turn things around by switching up your sex positions (no …

Foods Good for Skin

<b>Spinach</b> <br>Leafy greens like spinach and kale contain lutein, a plant compound that helps shield against UV rays, says Ward. And while you may not hit the beach this winter, your skin still needs protection year-round. Even a slight sunburn can make you drier and more irritated than normal. Because …

5 New Lunges to Try, STAT!

Your basic lunges aren’t cutting it anymore<p>Just like you shouldn't eat the same foods at every meal, you shouldn't do the same old lunges every time you work out. Sure, they're convenient and easy, but so is fast food—and you know that doesn't do your body any favors. So the next time you hit the …

Workouts

Abdominal Exercises: The Waist-Cinching Workout

Exercise 1 Criss-Cross Jacks<p>Get your heart rate pumping with this variation to the standard jumping jack. Jump out to widen your feet and send your arms into a T position <b>(A)</b>, then jump in, crossing your legs and your arms <b>(B)</b>. Repeat, alternating the cross of your hands and feet. Do 20 reps.<p>Exercise …

Bad Habits That Will Make You Gain Weight

<b>Avoiding the Scale</b><br>It's no secret that we aren't fans of judging health on pounds alone. But if you don't keep tabs on how your body is changing (and it always is!), it's easy for weight creep to get out of control before you even realize it's happening. So try stepping on the scale, slipping on …

4 Slimming Foods To Always Have On-Hand

<b>Frozen Chicken Breasts or Salmon Filets</b><br>You don’t even have to buy the frozen kind—you can buy them fresh and then freeze them yourself when you get home. When it’s mealtime, just defrost one in the microwave, and then broil, bake, or stir fry it as you wish. The protein in the chicken and the omega …

Best Diets of 2014

How it works: The term "flexitarian" is a combo of two words: flexible and vegetarian. Basically, you're a vegetarian with wiggle room—if you have a craving for a burger every so often, you're free to chow down. Flexitarians focus on five basic good groups: protein (mostly tofu, beans, lentils, …

5 Tips for Impressing Everyone You Meet

An expert's tips for mastering the first impression<p>Quick poll: Have you ever walked into a party, realized that you basically knew no one, and felt totally awkward? We're guessing you answered in the affirmative (we've all been there). Get-togethers—whether it's a business-networking event or your …

Self-help

Muscle Facts

7 Fascinating Facts About Your Muscles<p>Because knowledge is (muscle) power, people<p>Your muscles aren't just fibers and nerves. They're complex tissues that help you move and, in the process, torch calories and fat to give you a lean, fit figure. So do yourself a favor and get to know them—they're a …

Chi Running: How to be a Faster and Happier Runner

If you think this all sounds a little too hippy dippy for you, consider this: There are studies that prove the effectiveness of this technique. And even seasoned pros and top running coaches are on-board. Andrew Kastor, ASICS running coach and coach of the Mammoth Track club in Mammoth Lakes, …

When Do You See a New Date With No Makeup On?

Most Women Wait a Month to Do THIS With a New Guy<p>Hint: We’re not talking about sex here<p>Stockbyte/Thinkstock<p>Hey, we’ve all been there—trying on eight different outfits and spending 20 minutes making sure you’ve got that perfect smoky eye before a date. It’s normal to spend a little (or a lot) more …

6 Moves That Lengthen and Strengthen

Exercise 1 Grand Pliés<p>Because this move is wider than the average squat, your inner thighs get in on the action. Stand with your feet wider than hip width, toes turned out <b>(A)</b>. Squat down as low as you can while keeping your chest high and letting your arms hang down in front of you <b>(B)</b>. As …

The Best Breakfast to Eat for Weight Loss

By the end of the study, the large-breakfast group had lost two and a half times more weight and 4.6 more inches from their waists than the women who ate their largest meals in the evening. But it gets better: The big-breakfast eaters also had lower levels of bad cholesterol and higher levels of …

Arm Exercises To Fight Arm Jiggle | Women's Health

The (15 Minute) Bye-Bye Arm Jiggle Workout<p>Ture Lillegraven<p>Strapless dresses expose your upper back, shoulders, upper chest, and arms. This workout will shape all those places. Do these arm exercises one after another with no rest in between. Repeat the circuit, resting a minute between circuits.

The Trick That'll Help You Eat Healthier

It’s all about turning “have-to’s” into “want-to’s,” says lead author Michael Inzlicht, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. When you shift your mindset in that way, you get rid of the internal struggle between what you should—and really want—to eat.<p>So how can …

Effects of Weekend Drinking on Your Body

Researchers looked at two groups of college students between the ages of 18 and 23. While the control group didn’t drink, the other group drank an average of 118 grams of ethanol per week, or the equivalent of about three pints of beer. That may not seem like a lot of booze—in fact, it’s less than …

The Top 28 Best Healthy Snacks

Nibble away with these healthy snacks that all clock in at 100 calories or less.<p>Todd Huffman<p>Computer screens, dogs, your paycheck: Some things should only come in size XL. But at snack time, smaller really can be better—even if your appetite feels super-sized. It's just a matter of figuring out …

One Time You SHOULDN’T Have Sex

Safety concerns aside, stress sex doesn't always come with great side effects. Women who reported higher desire when stressed or anxious also had a stronger tendency to engage in sexual behavior they later regretted. And that regret was obviously associated with feeling worse post-sex.<p>So does that …

How Your Personality Affects Your Sex Drive

Researchers surveyed 50 women who were seeking care for sexual dysfunction to see how their sex lives, personality traits, and coping mechanisms related to each other. They found that women who scored high on extraversion (those who were outgoing and energetic) and openness to experience (those who …

What's Better For Building Muscle: Heavier Weights or More Reps?

<b>The answer:</b> Actually, you need to do both if you want to see muscle growth without injuring yourself or hitting a plateau.<p>Lifting heavy weights with lower reps builds dense, lean muscle—but constantly upping the heaviness will exhaust your body fast. That’s why lifting lighter weights with more …

Quick Breakfast Ideas That Are Actually Healthy

5-Minute Breakfasts That Are Actually Healthy<p>Seriously, you have no excuse for hitting the drive-thru<p>If your idea of a grab-and-go breakfast is a bowl of cereal or a granola bar, prepare to have your mind blown. You can make a pretty impressive morning meal that’s actually good for you in five …